Report States Need
A new report released by the U.S. Forest Service highlights the critical role Idaho's rivers play in providing refuge for imperiled fish in a warming world.
The report, called Climate Shield, was released March 1 and produced by the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station.
"Road building, logging, mining, dam building and development have drastically reduced the amount of suitable habitat for these native fish, and climate change is causing further stress," said Liz Paul of Idaho Rivers United. "The message is clear. If Idahoans want native trout in our rivers, we need to restore damaged rivers and protect existing refuges."
The Climate Shield project includes publically accessible high-definition maps and a digital database with crowd-sourced data on stream temperatures and fish populations to identify critical watersheds and streams.
To view the report, go to: www.fs.fed.us/rm/boise/AWAE/projects/ClimateShield.html.
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